In Transit

Publisher: Penguin Canada
In the stories that make up In Transit, internationally acclaimed writer Mavis Gallant describes with elegant and scrupulous precision-and a discerning eye for telling detail-the quirks of human nature and the limits of human compassion. A host of remarkably drawn characters are surveyed with a cool wit and sophisticated intelligence as they struggle to transcend the imprisonment of their provisional lives. Sometimes direct, sometimes tantalizingly oblique, Mavis Gallant's finely textured writing demonstrates once again that she is a master of contemporary prose.


“Gallant … has dared to drift in a disorienting century, always trusting her own imaginative compass. Her fiction, never fooled into trying to keep up with history, will last a long time.” - New York Times Book Review

“One of the great short story writers of our time, and these three groups of stories … represent the extraordinary diversity of her endlessly revealing fictions. Her details are always entertaining.… Gallant is a quietly dazzling writer.” - Publishers Weekly

"Meticulously constructed … timeless and unforgettable…" - Jane Urquhart